ESSIC hosts CICS-MD Science Meeting

The CICS-MD Science Meeting was held at ESSIC September 6-7 and included presentations “from satellite observations to climate prediction.”

The two-day meeting had over 70 registered participants, according to CICS-MD Director Dr. E. Hugo Berbery, with sessions attended by scientists from CICS-MD and NOAA.

“The objectives of the meeting were to draw attention to the research activities carried out at CICS-MD, help establish new collaborations between the University of Maryland and NOAA units and promote new areas of research within the institute’s goals,” Berbery said in an email.

He said research at CICS-MD is aimed at helping NOAA improve its products to achieve its mission.

“During the meeting, we had presentations showing the extent of our research activities that cover calibration and validation of satellite instruments, with emphasis on future missions, development of algorithms for translating information from satellite sensors into parameters that are useful for climate research and development of new tools to help monitor events like lightning, fire detection and extreme events [like] floods and droughts,” Berbery said in an email.

Berbery said the final session highlighted the outreach and educational initiatives employed to disseminate CICS’ research to the general population. He also said there are plans to hold future CICS-MD Science Meetings.